AslansCountry Interviews Ernie Malik: Part 2

AslansCountry.com has posted Part 2 of their interview with Ernie Malik. (If you missed Part 1, it can be seen here.) Here are a couple highlights:

Cy: Another rumor said that Dawn Treader could be released in 3-D. Could you confirm this?
Ernie: The film was NOT shot in a 3-D format.

Cy: There have been many, many rumors on whether Trumpkin and Dr. Cornelius shall appear in Dawn Treader. Shall they?
Ernie: You’ll have to wait for the movie to see for yourself.

[Sidenote: The production confirmed for us that neither character would be appearing in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, so unless they have a top secret cameo, they will not be in the movie.]

And finally, Cyclops was kind enough to send us a bombshell of a preview to the final interview questions.

Cy: Will all of the islands described in the Dawn Treader book be included in the movie?
Ernie: We consolidated seven islands into five.

We know that the Lone Islands, The Island of Voices (aka Island of the Duffers), and Ramandu’s Island will be present in the movie. Dragon’s Island is very likely to be there as well due to the set photo of treasure we’ve seen. So that leaves Burnt Island, Deathwater Island, and Dark Island. Two out of three of those will not be in the movie it seems.

You can read the full interview at AslansCountry.com here and also on Cyclops’s personal site here.

Thanks to Cyclops for the news!!

56 Responses

  1. Lucille Brown says:

    I hope they don't really exclude the islands but instead combine them that would be better than excluding them.

  2. GlimGlum says:

    Oh well, just hope it works out somehow. 🙁

  3. AslansRoar says:

    I would compare combining Islands to the removal of Tom Bombadil from the Lord of the Rings movies. While purists may complain about that it actually worked out quite well in my humble opinion. I have just reread LOTR/Fellowship and still believe that Peter Jackson made the right decision with that. Merging islands (or even deleting one) in VODT might work just as well. It all depends on the screenplay and the acting/filming. While I was extremely disgusted with changes to PC I have an open mind about this change to VODT.

    • Lutra's Pearl says:

      It would have be terrible if they did Tom Bombadil, no one could get him right and I am glad that they left him out of the movie.

      • Leolani says:

        I think the story is far better with Tom in it, but naturally they had to omit him (along with many other things) from the movie for time reasons.

    • Anna's Sister says:

      I love Tom Bombadil but he wouldn't have worked in the movie. There are just certain things you have to cut.

  4. Lady Galadriel says:

    They find Reep's coracle on Burnt Island; chances are it will already be on board or some such thing.

    I agree with Lucille, I would rather the islands be combined than some things cut out. Although I suppose anyone would! Personally I am hoping for Deathwater to be combined with Dragon Island.

  5. Scrubbers says:

    It sounds like he's not saying two will be left out, but that they are going to merge some of them into one. Perhaps like Dragon Island and Deathwater island will be the same thing.

    • wolfloversk says:

      I agree, by "consolidating", I think he means merging. I don't really mind as long as they include the massively important parts of the book, and as long as they don't mess with the main characters. Actually it might even make it a better film.

      • Hermitess of Narnia says:

        It wouldn't bother me too much if Deathwater was combined with Dragon Island, that is, as long as the themes were the same. If it was, we could have Caspian, Ed, Lu, Reep, and Eustace finding the gold statue after Eustace was undragoned. It would be a perfect place to show Eustace had changed. Or, Eustace could dive for the statue (though the book says he can't swim) and be turned into a dragon!

        I don't think they'd cut out the Dark Island because it would be a very dramatic point in the film, however, they never actually land on the Dark Island in the book so maybe that doesn't count as an island. All I can say about this matter is that they'd better have ASLAN rescue the ship and not Ramandu's Daughter.

        I don't like the fact they're still saying "bewitching" and "unfathomable fate". This all sounds very dangerous, but Reepicheep says that we should not turn back from danger. However, he only says that because he trusts Aslan.
        KEEP PRAYING FOR THE DAWN TREADER FILM!

  6. Bother Eustace says:

    Well, Burnt Island wasn't much in the books anyway, just a quick stop for a free coracle. Actually, didn't they speculate in the book about the island having been ravaged by a dragon? Perhaps they'll just take Burnt Island and make it part of Dragon Island. As for the Dark Island and water… my guess is the Dark Island will remain as it's own entity, since they have to find Lord Rhoop there (that's sort of important, unless they really change things around). But which Island would water be combined with? Who knows. At least from the way he said it, it sounds like none will actually be cut; just sort of smooshed together.

    • AsbelMcTalisker says:

      Perhaps they just delete Dark Island and Lord Rhoop.
      Dark island is perhaps the most difficult of the Islands to do on screen so perhaps they just don`t bother.
      This was actually the episode Lewis messed about with himself as different versions of it can be found in various editions of the book.

  7. Lutra's Pearl says:

    I am happy that we get to hear something. It can't believe that we still have to wait a whole year to see the movie. I really don't know if I can make it. I really want to see the trailer! Keep the story of Aslan alive!!!

  8. Silver the Wanderer says:

    They had better not take out Dark Island – that one has so much potential! I'm hoping maybe they'll just combine a couple of islands, as mentioned before.

    • Lady of Narnia says:

      I agree! I've always wanted to see what the Dark Island adventure would look like on screen. They better not cut it out!!

  9. Balin says:

    Props to the interviewer for asking very open ended questions. :p Ernie is one tough nut to crack (not necessarily faulting him, but that's his job to give like no answers to anything) and the questions really don't account for that. Interesting bit about the islands being consolidated, though…

  10. TumnusTheBrave says:

    which one is the burnt island… i dont remember

    • Starlily says:

      It's where the characters find ruined, burnt buildings, and Reepicheep finds his coracle, which he sails away in at the end of the story.

  11. Seth says:

    He used the word Consolidated. That means more to combine and shrink multiple things down into a whole. Meaning they didn't omit anything. They just combined.

  12. Samuel the Magnificent says:

    I really think it'll be better this way.

  13. -queenSUSAN- says:

    "consolidated"….does that mean "cut out completely" or "combined"??? *is inclined to think the latter*

  14. Starlily says:

    I guess it could be worse… But which islands are combined or cut out? Burnt Island is an obvious answer, but what about the second? My guess is Dragon Island. But if so, then what island does Eustace turn into a dragon on? Maybe the first one? And if they cut or combine Dark Island, then when do they find Lord Rhoop?
    But like I said before, this could be worse. I'll wait and see.

  15. Starlily says:

    OOOOooooH! I just had a thought! What if they put the Deathwater pool on dragon island, and the dragon uses the pool to get lots of treasure, and Eustace finds all the treasure in the cave, and turns into a dragon? That would explain where the dragon gets all the gold for its cave. But it would be awkward because when would the kids and Caspian go and look in the pool? We know they sail away and Eustace follows them at one point. Oh, I'm in such a tizzy right now! Not sure whether to be upset or not.

  16. iLiveInNarnia says:

    I really hope they include the island of deathwater. That would make me so happy. It would make me even happier if thy included ALL the islands, but that's close to impossible. Deathwater..please be deathwater! 😀
    hahaha

  17. narnian resident says:

    boy he sure doesnt say much about the movie. lol thats a smart person 🙂 not spoiling anything

  18. glumPuddle says:

    This makes sense. I could see them combining Dragon Island and Deathwater pretty seamlessly. In fact, the more I think about it… why not?

  19. Shasta of Archenland says:

    If they leave out the Dark Island, I will be very upset. The dove leading them out of the darkness and whispering to Lucy is one of my favorite moments in the entire series.

  20. Narniamiss says:

    I sure hope they don't leave out Dark Island, as it is one of my favorite scenes between Lucy and Aslan as the Albatross. "Courage, dear heart" is one of my favorite lines in the book.

  21. Aslan's my homeboy says:

    I hope they have deathwater island my favorite part in the book is when Ed and Caspian almost get into a fight I think that it would be hilarious to see Ben and Skandar do that. Oh well at least there is still that sword fight on the boat

  22. Aslan's my homeboy says:

    I would also be upset though if they leave
    out Dark Island that would make me so much more upset than deathwater island. I love the part in the book when they head into Dark Island. It would make an amazingly epic and scary scene

  23. Caspian says:

    But…but…TIS BLASPHEMY!!!!

    *sigh* I don't think I'll be able to watch VDT. Ever. (except that I'll have been waiting for oh, idk, nearly THREE YEARS since PC came out and I won't be able to stand it). This may not make that much difference (I mean, Deathwater and Dragon Island might be a good combination), but it's still UNCANONICAL! And UNCANONICAL is what murdered PC in the box office (or that's my personal belief).

    *light bulb moment*

    Anyone for remaking the series with me?

    • Starlily says:

      Even though it's not likely, I hope that in the years (or decades 🙁 ) to come there will be one or two more remakes of the Narnia movies. They probably wouldn't be any more close to the books than these ones, but it would be neat to get a different perspective in each remake.
      But I doubt there will be any more Narnia remakes for a long time. They're too expensive.

      • Cyclops says:

        LOL, Starlily, I can see it now:

        THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN STARSHIP
        -the space adventure of a lifetime-
        ROFL!!! 😛

        but seriously, I like Walden's adaptions, and see no need to change them.

      • Starlily says:

        Lol! No, I like the Walden Narnia movies too. I just think it would be neat if there were several different versions to choose from. 🙂 Like A Christmas Carol, or Pride and Prejudice. That way you can choose your favorite.

    • wolfloversk says:

      It don't know if this is so bad to keep me from watching the movie. It might be just like how Andrew Adamson changed the way they first found Narnia in LWW, it really made the movie better if anything. And honestly, I can't even remember Burnt Island.

      • Narniamiss says:

        😀 Part of me wants to scream in horror with you, Caspian. This does seem to be going more downhill. But have courage! A true Narnian should not give up hope!
        I disliked PC very much, but then again I went into the theatre hoping for the book. Of course I was disapointed. So with this movie, I am just going to view it as a movie; nothing more. And as just a movie, I like the plot a lot. As a Narnia purist…NOOOOOOOOO. But it can't be helped. I'm just going to enjoy the movie for what it is. And I don't think I could ever NOT watch it. 😉

  24. Mirima Rosetrader says:

    DARK ISLAND!!!! MUST HAVE DARK ISLAND! THAT'S ONE OF MY FAVORITES! PLEEEEAASE!

  25. Twinimage says:

    Well, I'm disappointed to hear that there will only be five islands. However, he says they were consolidated. Thus all the islands will be there, just all the stuff will be on five islands, not seven. So, it's not bad news really, just a change in numbers. 🙂
    I'm sure the important stuff will still remain in the movie. They wouldn't squander their chances of using dark island as an intense (and maybe action) scene. And we know there will be a dragon at some point. And hopefully death water remains as well. It is important cause it shows the fate of one of the lords.

  26. ernesto says:

    porque la van a ser la pelicula en 3 dimension eh mmm que padre y que maravilloso y ps ahora si la voy a ver 🙂 jajajajaja

    bye.

  27. King Skandar the Just says:

    hummmm…I hope that they don't change the story to much.

  28. ChristProclamer says:

    Woah…I predicted this. O, my prophetic soul…
    I think they'll cut Burnt Island and smoosh Deathwater elsewhere, probably Dragon Island. I do hope, though that the Golden Pool and Edmund and Caspian's quarrel is kept in, wherever it is placed. I could live with Restimar also falling asleep or being dragoned, but it would be with some measure of disappointment.
    I don't think there's any way that they'll lose The Island of the Nightmares; it's way too interesting to just cut out.

  29. WarriorQueen says:

    "Enchanted merfolk"? "…can save Narnia, and all the astonishing creatures in it, from an unfathomable fate."? Oh, please! The merfolk weren't enchanted when I last read the book, and where does Lewis mention an "unfathomable fate" that they're trying to save Narnia from? The whole reason Caspian is able to go on the voyage is the fact that Narnia is at peace and in no danger for once. The reason for the voyage is to rescue 7 lords, not to save Narnia since there's nothing to save it from at the time. Apparently that wasn't a good enough reason for making a death-defying voyage? You don't need some horrible threat to be willing to do something brave. Don't people understand the concept of honor any more? C.S. Lewis had it that way. Why can't they leave it that way?

    • wolfloversk says:

      A) Lot's of people called Narnia itself and the creature in it enchanted for previous films, even though I'm not sure one could, so I don't think that really means anything. B) Unfathomable fate worries me, but past experience has taught me to never trust the synopsises so I still have hope, LOTS of hope. 🙂

      • WarriorQueen says:

        That's true. I haven't despaired as of yet. 🙂 One has to be an optimist when their favorite book in the series is on the line.

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